How to build a terrace on a sloping yard DesignersLandscape#620

How to build a terrace on a sloping yard DesignersLandscape#620

Be sure to visit our website for more information on landscaping and landscape design, all brought to you by one of America’s foremost experts on Horticulture, Gary Alan.


Our Blog

Free Downloadable Recources like plant guides and Zone Maps

Gary’s Tips and Tricks

Ask Gary a specific question about your landscaping problem or need

About Gary
As a graduate horticulturist with years of experience, Gary Alan’s quality work has brought outstanding recognition in the field of horticulture. When considering a path at the beginning of his career Gary knew that his desire to work outdoors would narrow his career choices. He learned that the University of Florida had a program offering a Major in Ornamental Horticulture. With that, his goal was set!

In 1979, just one term before graduating, Walt Disney World recruited some students to their Tree Farm Nursery in preparation of the EPCOT project soon to begin. Gary was selected to be part of this team.

After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture, it was back to Disney World to begin his career.

After several years of valuable experience at Disney World, Gary realized that his true desire was to practice the design aspect of landscaping.

Soon after returning to his home town of Jacksonville, Florida, he started a design company which grew to encompass installation, irrigation and maintenance. He began filming his projects and caught the eye of the then beginning Home and Garden TV network, and with that “The Designers Landscape” show was born. At it’s peak, it was seen on HGTV and PBS stations around the US and in syndication around the world.

Gary continues to run his landscaping business in Jacksonville, as well as filming new episodes of shows for distribution here on the web! He welcomes your comments and tries to answer as many questions as possible.


  1. Chaya Susanne Golan on July 15, 2021 at 2:13 am

    I’ve just watched 21 minutes of advertisements for building supplies, waiting to learn "How to BUILD a terrace on a sloping yard"… but that part never came…

  2. Shirley Senkler on July 15, 2021 at 2:14 am

    So used to you using various brick/stone on the walkways, but I like the recycled material on this project.

  3. Yeah Pete on July 15, 2021 at 2:25 am

    No gravel or drainage on the inside. Looks pretty now but that wall wont last 10 years. Never have a landscaper do a retaining wall.

  4. Tamara Tamrot on July 15, 2021 at 2:30 am

    I heard very good opinions about the Woodglut plans.

  5. Lynnesews on July 15, 2021 at 2:34 am

    That looks beautiful. Walls really added so much to that yard.

  6. Starr Stroh on July 15, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Do it yourself, visit the Woodglut website and find out how.

  7. MICHAEL CRAWLEY on July 15, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Honestly looks like shit

  8. Lisa de Kramer on July 15, 2021 at 2:39 am

    I am just tickled to find you again. I used to watch your TV show all the time years ago. I no longer have TV but I researched you ages ago and today I found you. You have always had great ideas even though you are not in the mountains. So glad to find you again

  9. Mod Grip on July 15, 2021 at 3:01 am

    That’s not a slope!?

  10. azimmey on July 15, 2021 at 3:06 am

    Glad I saw you back in business. Have not seen you since the 90’s. What bush do you think would grow the fastest in shade, They have an apartment complex going up behind them and they want the fastest growing hedge or plant. I put in a row of Green Giants in but they will take some time to grow in.

  11. NutmegThumper on July 15, 2021 at 3:07 am

    Not fond of the gaps in the front of the wall – not clear why you didn’t keep a solid, uniform front. Only benefit of flipping them is a mix of sizes, but you add gaps.

Leave a Comment